Another 18 US banks, credit unions add support for Apple Pay
On Tuesday, Apple added another 18 US banks and credit unions to the list of institutions now supporting Apple Pay with their issued credit and debit cards. The total number of US partners has now reached 439, with all major American banks and CU's supporting the mobile payment service, while credit card issuers such as American Express are now beginning to add support for the service to their corporate cards as well.
High-sensitivity laser in Logitech MX Anywhere 2 allows mouse usage on glass
Logitech is bringing some of the design principles of its MX Master Wireless Mouse to the mobile peripherals market with a compact peripheral for travelers. The MX Anywhere 2 mouse is a shrunken version of the MX Master that measures 2.4 inches wide, 4 inches long, and 1.35 inches high, and weighs just 3 ounces, making it an ideal mouse for mobile workers to pack alongside their notebook for more mouse accuracy than a trackpad.
Apple's default browser remains tops in mobile, captures 10 percent of US desktop
A new study by analytics firm StatCounter has shown that Chrome and Safari are virtually neck-and-neck as the top mobile browsers, but that Safari was the clear winner in both North America and Europe. In particular, in the US Safari holds a 55 percent share of mobile browser use, with Chrome at 30 percent and generic Android browsers with 9.5 percent. In addition to just edging out Safari worldwide to be the top mobile browser, Chrome is also the dominant desktop browser worldwide, with a 52.6 percent share.
Google Classroom launches apps for iOS and Android
Google has released iOS and Android apps to accompany its Google Classroom web platform. Initially launched last summer, Google Classroom allows teachers to create and collect assignments paperlessly, available to anyone with Google Apps for Education. The new native Classroom app for iOS and Android broadens the capacity for teachers and students to connect with each other, and features photo sharing, sharing content from other apps and offline caching.
Shin keeps position as mobile division CEO, other mobile executives leaving roles
Samsung is taking a different path than previously thought during its yearly management shuffle, as the South Korean electronics manufacturer is keeping Head of Mobile Communications and Co-CEO Jong-kyun Shin in his post for the time being. However, during the company's yearly management change, at least three other executives in the mobile division will be removed from their positions.
Home appliance, television Co-CEO could take over mobile, Shin might lose CEO role
The sharp decline in smartphone sales appears to be taking its toll on Samsung, as sources say the South Korean company is considering a management shake-up at the very top. A plan under consideration would see current head of the mobile division Jong-Kyun Shin replaced, and possibly losing his co-CEO role within Samsung.
When looking for an external keyboard to use with something like the iPad, you are generally limited to two streams of products: Bluetooth keyboards designed for desktop use, and keyboard cases. While wireless desktop keyboards offer a superior typing experience when compared to keyboard cases, they suffer from a design not intended for extensive portability. Meanwhile, keyboard cases are easy to tout around, but force users to add bulk directly to their so-called "portable" device. Enter Logitech's Keys-To-Go, a small Bluetooth keyboard that offers no means of attaching itself to a mobile device, yet has been designed to throw in a bag and carry around.
Carrier to modify text messages, disclosures to customers, report accurate speed tests
US carrier T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement today that changes the way T-Mobile handles customers that go over their data caps in any given month. The FCC says T-Mobile will take steps to ensure customers are better informed about the reduced speeds, including providing accurate speed tests.
Facebook Groups is the fifth app to come out of Creative Labs in 2014
Facebook announced that yet another standalone application is available for one aspect for its social media platform. Facebook Groups takes the act of socializing in groups through the social media service, and crams it into a mobile experience that is said to be easier to manage and navigate. The app is available now on Android and iOS devices.
Best revenue performance in seven reporting periods, user growth strong
T-Mobile's growth continues according to their third quarter figures for the 2014 fiscal year. In the financial results released late Monday night, T-Mobile said it pulled in $7.35 billion in revenue for the reported period. Consumer growth hit 2.34 million, the second highest number of additions to the carrier in the last seven reporting periods.
Digits offered in Twitter's Fabric development kit, uses only a phone number
Twitter has started putting the pieces into place to distance users from password requirements with the announcement of Digits. The company unveiled the new platform at its first mobile developer conference in San Francisco today, as a part of its Fabric suite of development tools. Rather than relying on a username and password for every app, Digits uses a telephone number and text messages to confirm identities instead.
Carrier pulls $33 billion in revenue, added over 2 million mobile, broadband customers
AT&T's quarterly results fell short of industry projections when the company announced $32.9 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2014. The resulting earnings per share (EPS) was $0.63, missing the projected $0.64 EPS on $33.25 billion in revenue. While the company may have missed projections, it announced that it picked up more than two million mobile and broadband customers.
Value plans now offer up to 100GB of data, only expire if changed after promotion
The never ending race for data cap superiority continues, AT&T has announced a limited-time offer that increases the data for its Mobile Share Value plans. Beginning today, AT&T is doubling the data included in the plans starting at the 15GB level. Where a 30GB plan was previously $225 a month, AT&T is now offering it for $130 until October 31.
Refrigerators, thermostats, glasses could see ads served by Google in future
In a 2013 filing uncovered by the Wall Street Journal, Google stated that it could possibly be extending ad service to devices outside of smartphones and computers in the future. The letter, which covered the topic of mobile revenue disclosure, gave a hint that Google may be evolving ads to grow along with the changing definition of mobile devices.
Governance group expects two-thirds to be from the developing world
Releasing new statistics today, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced that by end of 2014, there will be nearly three billion Internet users -- two-thirds of them from the developing world. Notably, the ITU is expecting mobile broadband penetration approaching 32 percent worldwide.
Activision to publish mobile phone and tablet version of skateboarding game
In an interview with Bloomberg last week, skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk revealed that the next iteration of his skateboarding game franchise would be released on mobile platforms. This marks the first time the series has headed directly to mobile devices, and the first game to be released since Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD in 2012.
Vemo updated, introduces Bluetooth detection of fellow users for mobile payment
Mobile payment app Venmo has released an update today, featuring a new method of sending a prompt money transfer to friends. Venmo facilitates mobile sending and receiving of money, ideal in situations such as splitting a dinner bill with friends, or for any other payment need. By using Bluetooth, Venmo can detect other Venmo users and provide a list of who is nearby. Though the app has not yet been updated on iTunes as of this writing, Venmo is free, and requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Music streaming service Rdio adds playlist editing, reviews to app
Social music streaming service Rdio has released an update for its iOS app today. Offering those subscribed the ability to play any music available on the service, users can also access a variety of station mixes based off of any track. Collections and playlists can be created, and synced to a device for offline listening. In v2.5.7, users can edit playlists from any mobile device by adding, removing and rearranging tracks via the app. Collaboration and visibility settings can also now be accessed, and users can now write and read reviews of albums and playlists. The Rdio app for iOS is free to download, with free unlimited access to the service for the first two weeks of usage. Monthly subscriptions for full service access are priced starting at $10.
TomTom's GPS watches' new MySports mobile app, offering easy data upload
TomTom, a GPS gadget producer, has announced its latest software release to compliment its GPS watches. TomTom MySports offers flexibility to runners, cyclists and swimmers in respects to their interactions with their performance data. Users of the Sports Watch can upload and access their key performance information to the app without needing to connect to a computer.
AT&T now selling new Moshi case for iPhone 5c, earbud headphones
Moshi, a mobile accessories company, announced the availability of its two new products - Mythro earbuds and the iGlaze Remix case for iPhone 5c - that are now available on ATT.com and in select AT&T stores. Released in anticipation of the holiday shopping season, the new product additions join the already existing Moshi offerings available through AT&T, such as its origami-style iPad case and bubble-free iPhone screen protector.
Latest Evernote includes home screen customization, map notes
The latest update of Evernote's mobile app for iOS and Android has been released, offering new features and improvements. Evernote is a productivity organizer that lets users sync notes, to-do lists and photos across devices, as well as share notes through social media tools. Version 7.1 on iOS features the addition of displaying notes on map, as well as the ability to now customize the home screen layout.
Adoption of iOS 7 hits 67 percent after only two weeks
Ongoing tracking by analytics company Mixpanel has revealed that iOS 7 has been adopted by fully two-thirds of the entire active iOS userbase, just two weeks after its initial release. The overhauled revamp for Apple's mobile devices, having delivered a fresh new look and substantive under-the-hood improvements and changes, become the most widely-used OS version within three days its debut.
Apple's platform tops in sales, web traffic, ad results, but still second in base
Though the combined Android installed base in the US is still larger than Apple's iOS, reports from the past few months have shown a slow but steady drop in the platform -- and the latest reports from ComScore MobiLens, Mobile Matrix, Quantcast and Millennial Media all indicate that iOS is gaining share, in spite of reports based on "shipments" rather than end-user sales or real-world usage. While Samsung also continues to grow share in the US, the failure of other Android-based retailers is dragging the platform down overall, the reports reveal.
Social network seeks to increase mobile revenues via app sales, advertising
Facebook will be publishing mobile games, in a new program it announced today at the Casual Connect conference. The new pilot program will "help small and medium-sized developers take their mobile games global," with the company blog post suggesting it is aimed at indie developers that need help in marketing and tailoring their games to more lucrative customer markets.
Reinforces continued dominance of iPad in tablet market
Mobile usage analysis firm Onswipe, as part of a slideshow celebrating its second year of operation, revealed some further analysis of user data from iPads that in some cases reveal interesting habits and in others reinforce facts already known from other end-user studies. According to the analysis drawn from its 127 million users over two years, iPad users prefer landscape to portrait, email as the most popular method of sharing, and the peak usage time is around 10PM during the early days of the week, among other factoids.
First devices using HTML5-based apps for native app functions
Mozilla has shown off two "developer preview" smartphones running its mobile Firefox OS. Named the Keon and Peak, the pair of unlocked mobile phones have been make in partnership with Geeksphone of Spain, and are designed to give developers a platform to create and test apps for the new mobile operating system.
Mobile payment system increases by five times in one year
Mobile payments system Square has reached a total of $10 billion in payments for the year. The company has increased its rate of payments from $5 billion in the sprint, and is up from the $8 billion figure two months ago. At this time last year, Square was passing just $2 billion in payments per year.
Hopes to increase mobile revenues
Facebook has added the ability to buy presents for other users of the social network. Facebook Gifts, created following the purchase of mobile social gifting service Karma back in May, allows for the buying of physical gifts for other Facebook users, without needing to know where the gift recipient lives.
Three models added to laptop lineup
Today, Dell announced a three-model expansion to its Precision mobile workstation lineup—the M4700, the M6700, and the specialty Covet model. All three models are intended for desktop replacements, and are certified for many of the major vertical-market applications for CAD/CAM and engineering.
Galaxy S III ships in Canada starting July 20
Samsung Canada has confirmed the expected July 20 launch of the Galaxy S III. The highly anticipated phone will be available through several carriers. The SGH-i747 (LTE) variant of the Galaxy S III will be available from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, and Rogers Wireless. The SGH-iT999 HSPA version will be available from Videotron, Wind, and Mobilicity. Specific pricing and pre-order details vary by carrier.
First NFC standard amongst multiple vendors, banks
On May 7, Mastercardconfirmed the first details of their near field communication (NFC) payment service. Known as PayPass Wallet Services, the new global offering for banks, merchants, and other partners intends to make it easier to make purchases in stores or online both with a mobile phone as well as secure internet purchases.
Creates working models of mobile apps
Enterprise application developer iRise has brought its iRise Studio to the Mac, enabling rapid prototyping of mobile apps that can be tested on-screen early on in the development process rather than towards the end. The software helps team members see and actually interact with early versions of the proposed app before any actual coding has been done. With the use of a companion app, the prototype can be tested on a mobile device itself.
Follows a $1.3 billion bailout last year
Troubled joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks has raised $1.6 billion from US and European banks as part of a restructuring and re-focusing of the company's telecommunications equipment business. It had originally sought $1.95 billion to help pay off a $2.6 billion debt caused in part by the cost of a large redundancy program, and was bailed out last year to the tune of $1.3 billion by its parent companies after they failed to sell the joint venture.
Will be available as free update in August
Radical Breeze's software development environment Illumination Software Creator will reach version 4 later this summer, and will expand its range of platforms for which it can build apps from the existing Mac, Windows, Linux and iOS, Android and Flash (as well as lesser mobile platforms like the Nokia Maemo tablet) to include HTML5 web apps, WebOS and Windows Phone 7 apps as well. A new image library facility will now allow art assets to be used across all platforms.
Battle on state level begins in West Virginia
Sprint has opened up new fronts in its opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. In addition to the federal level, Sprint is now extending the battle down to the state level. The company has asked the state of West Virginia to review the merger. Sprint is expected to ask for similar reviews in other states.
Offers 'double anonymiztion' to protect info
Even as Google has opted to start using mobile handset "unique device identifiers" (UDIDs) in its mobile advertising efforts, the company will simultaneously roll out new privacy controls and add the ability for users to opt-out of UDID tracking, Search Engine Land reports. Most other mobile ad networks have been using UDID tracking for some time, prompting a grand jury investigation and calls for legislation to protect personally-identifiable consumer information from being misused.
Digital Publishing Suite to add subscriptions soon
Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite, a future product for allowing publishers to easily create content that scales to a wide variety of desktop, mobile and tablet devices, will add support for subscriptions from Apple and Google. The suite, currently only available via a pre-release testing program, will handle various forms of payment methods, from partially-free content and single-issue purchases to existing e-commerce mechanisms for print and digital bundling. The latest pre-release version already supports Apple App Store subscriptions, and Google's One Pass model will be added in the very near future.
Device charges all iOS devices, including iPad
MacNN reviewed the Kensington PowerBolt Micro Car Charger. The charger sits flush on the car power port, with a female USB port capable of powering any mobile device that connects via USB cables. The charger comes with a detachable USB-to-iPod cable that powers iPhones and iPads -- the latter device getting a fast charge from the 2.1 Amp PowerBolt.
Celio Mulls iPhone Redfly
Celio is investigating a version of its Redfly mobile companions for the iPhone, a company representative has told Electronista at an event ahead of CTIA. While no definitive support has been planned, the device maker says it has already been experimenting with drivers that would let a connected iPhone use a Redfly's larger screen and keyboard. It's not certain whether this would include every feature or whether it would connect through Bluetooth, USB, or both.
BlackBerry Pearl Flip
T-Mobile on Monday announced that the first BlackBerry flip phone – the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 -- is now available in the U.S., exclusively from T-Mobile. Originally announced in early September, the new BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone includes the same features as the BlackBerry Pearl, but adds a "spacious" keyboard for improved typing and dialing. The 3.6oz device is only 3.9" x 1.96" x 0.68" and will be available at launch in black (with a red variant planned for the "coming weeks"--as early as October 20, according to reports). The phone will cost $149.99 with a two-year contract.
Intel: major laptop news
Intel tonight formally introduced its Centrino 2 notebook platform Monday as well as a new 45nm, 3.06GHz Core 2 Extreme mobile processor, calling it the "highest performing" chip of its kind in the world. The company has additionally rounded out its announcement saying it will release eight new processors over the next 90 days, including the first quad-core mobile processors, and second-generation support for "ultra-thin" notebooks such as the MacBook Air.
T-Mobile intros HSUPA
T-Mobile UK is set to allow access to an HSUPA data network today that will let users upload content to the Internet via their cellular phones, becoming the UK's first wireless provider to do so across the country. HSUPA, or High Speed Uplink Packet Access, is the equivalent of the commonly-available HSDPA 3G data network except for its uploading abilities.
Apps Glide MiLife ShoveBox
- TransMedia on Friday unveiled a new version of its integrated contact and email management interface, Glide, adding support for Ymail, Rocketmail, and Yahoo Mail, integrating with them the service's advanced security and file sharing features. Glide allows users on Mac, PC, Linux, the iPhone, and other mobile devices to have one-login access to multiple email accounts, as well as word processor-like file handling, and support for images and large attachments.
- BravoBug Software released MiLife 1.1 ($15), an update to its journaling and note-taking software, adding over a dozen improvements to the application. MiLife now supports rich-text, with simplified photo importing, and AES-128 bit encrypted passwords.
- Wonder Warp Software unveiled ShoveBox 1.2 ($25), adding a "Save PDF to ShoveBox" option and basic AppleScript support into its productivity application. Shovebox also features several other enhancements and bugfixes.
- Macware on Friday announced version 1.8.000 of Logo Design Studio Pro ($60), adding to the application support for SVG files, a new browser, over 1300 pre-designed SVG objects, the latest version of the Sparkle framework, as well as other minor bug fixes and enhancements.
- Toronto-based Agile Web Solutions introduced 1Password 2.6.5 ($35), featuring improved support for Firefox 3 and the Safari 4 Developer Preview. The update also offers functionality for DEVONagent 2.3.1, OmniWeb Sneaky Peaks, and Flock 2, as well as other stability improvements.
- Dejal unveiled Simon 2.4.1 ($30), an update to its site-monitoring tool, which tests web pages, FTP, DNS, local and remote ports or volumes, and other services for changes or failures. The update offers several important fixes for the Port service and notifier plug-in, among others.
Sling Mobile for iPhone
Sling Media today made official that it has been developing a version of its SlingPlayer Mobile software for the Apple iPhone. The software is described as a "proof of concept" developed using jailbroken iPhones but offers much of the same functionality as the released applications for Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and other cellphone platforms. Users can navigate a Slingbox network streaming hub connected to a home TV feed and choose channels through a visual guide as well as stop or skip through playback.
3G iPhone impact mobile TV
Apple has a window of opportunity to make a significant impact on the mobile TV market with it's imminent launch of the 3G iPhone around the world, according to the latest report from Analysys Mason. Market research shows that many iPhone owners have accessed TV and video content, with greater frequency than subscribers using other types of mobile handsets. If a new iPhone based on AT&T faster "3G" network is announced during next week's Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) it could mean big things for the mobile TV market.
ASUS XG Station
ASUS on Monday unveiled a new ROG XG Station, a mobile video system designed for laptops, which hosts an Nvidia GeForce 8600GT graphics card with 256MB of DDR3 memory. The device attaches to a laptop through the Express Card slot to provide enhanced gaming performance on those with integrated graphics processors such as the GMA 950. The ROG XG Station earned the company an honorable mention at the Red Dot design awards.
MO-Call for iPhone
Morodo on Friday unveiled an iPhone-compatible web app version of its MO-Call low-cost calling service, allowing iPhone users to place international calls at low per-minute rates. The service requires an account signup at the company's mobile website, and Morodo is currently offering a free trial of the service for users in Canada, the US, and Hong Kong. International rates start at around 8˘ per minute for calls to land lines.
VIA 45nm, dual-core chips
Mobile processor manufacturer VIA on Thursday announced it would commence shipments of 45nm processor fabrications in 2009, as well as the company's first dual-core chips. DigiTimes writes that insiders have brought to light some of the specs, with the Isaiah-based dual-core processor allegedly featuring a 2GHz core frequency. The chip will sit on an 800 to 1333MHz bus, and will feature two pairs of 64KB L1 cache, and 1MB L2 cache.
- ProjectForum 6.1 ($80) a wiki-based software application that supports collaboration within and between professional workgroups. Version 6.1 introduces a new "mail to wiki" feature, and improves support for outgoing email notifications. This version also includes many smaller enhancements and bug fixes. CourseForum 6.1, a version of the ProjectForum application targeted for online learning applications, was also released. [Download - 2.4MB]
- MacBreakZ 4.8 ($30) Personal Ergonomic Assistant designed tpromote healthy and productive computer use by reminding the user ttake a break. Based on your actual keyboard and mouse use and the time you have spent in front of the screen, MacBreakZ suggests rest and microbreaks at appropriate intervals. The new release adds Apple Help Book format documentation for mobile users. Previous versions relied exclusively on online documentation. [Download - 5.2MB]
- Agenda 4.0.2 ($40) an application that keeps track of your events and tasks, lets you enter your thoughts, and easily create calendar or journal websites. This update makes further improvements and fixes to the iCal import feature based on user feedback. [Download - 4.4MB]
- Today 1.0.1 ($15) a event and task management application for Mac OS X. Today shows you all the events and tasks that are stored in Apple's iCal in a small, easily navigable window. Today 1.0.1 is a maintenance release that addresses several minor issues reported users who downloaded the application since launch last week. Today 1.0.1 also adds the ability to create new tasks without a due date. [Download - 1.2MB]
- Vox 1.2 ($40) provides natural-sounding voices for multiple languages that work with virtually any Speech Manager compliant Mac OS X application. This release adds a pronunciation editor that allows users to add abbreviations or change the pronunciation of words. It also introduces a number of new voices and languages: Eliska and Sabrine for Czech, Ania for Polish, Snorri for Icelandic, Sanna for Finnish, Elin for Swedish, and Baris and Ceren for Turkish. The Czech, Polish, Icelandic and Turkish voices require Mac OS X 10.5. The other voices require 10.3.9 or later. [Download - form]
AT&T Mobile TV with FLO
AT&T and Qualcomm's MediaFLO on Thursday announced that its new AT&T Mobile TV with FLO service is expected to available on the May 4 along with two exclusive handsets: the Vu from LG and the Access from Samsung. First announced in late March, AT&T will offer TV-quality programming with exclusive channels (PIX and CNN Mobile Live) as well as content from from leading news and entertainment brands: CBS Mobile, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, NBC 2Go, NBC News 2Go, MTV Networks’ COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV and Nickelodeon.